Unimaginable Beauty and the Barbed Wire
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For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
I believe, however, that Israel will become a pariah if the Palestinians aren't granted statehood, or the vote in Israel.
Maybe, if this collective Jewish presence can only survive by the sword, then Israel really ain’t a good idea.
|Mohammad Bakri (left)|
|Ashkelon: Choice target for the freedom|
fighters (excuse the deep sarcasm)
of Hamas-controlled Gaza
"Relative state of calm in south breaks early Thursday as rocket hits open area; no injuries reported. Residents in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council woke up Thursday morning to siren alarm sounds. A Qassam rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel and exploded in an open area south of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported."
Thursday, July 28, 2011PRESS STATEMENT: UNRWA condemns attack on World Record facility in Gaza
Statement by UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness
At ten minutes past midnight last night, ten men attacked and vandalised the Summer Games facility in north-west Gaza where later today UNRWA will attempt a world record for the largest number of children flying kites.
The attackers damaged a large billboard, burnt a UN flag and torched part of the stage. None of the UN security personnel at the venue were harmed.
We condemn this attack, which is an attack on the children of Gaza as much as on the United Nations. We call on the authorities in Gaza to investigate and bring those responsible to account. We will repair and rebuild the damaged infrastructure and go ahead with the event as planned today.
Full details of the kite-flying World Record attempt can be found below. (H/T IMRA)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Assailants burned a Gaza resort at dawn Wednesday, the manager said. Imad Al-Wazeer told Ma'an a group of 30 armed and masked men arrived at the Rais resort in Gaza and threatened employees.
The resort was damaged in Israel's Operation Cast Lead but Al-Wazeer says he reopened the facility in order to show Israel that the people of Gaza would live their lives in spite of the attack.
"This time, unfortunately, my resort was damaged by Palestinian hands," he said.
The resort cost some $120,000 to establish and has swimming pools, restaurants and other facilities. After the attack, however, 13 employees have lost their jobs, Al-Wazeer says. He held the police in Gaza responsible for the attack, saying they should provide security. "I asked the police several times to provide protection and security but no one paid any attention," he said.
Nabil Shaath: The recognition of a [Palestinian] state…will make many things possible in the future. Eventually, we will be able to sign bilateral agreements with states, and this will enable us to exert pressure on Israel. At the end of the day, we want to exert pressure on Israel, in order to force it to recognize us and to leave our country. This is our long-term goal.”
[s]ome 300,000 Bedouins belonging to four or five large tribes are now the Sinai’s true rulers. These tribes’ main income is based on smuggling in general, and on smuggling to Gaza in particular, and they quickly exploited the security vacuum in the peninsula in the wake of the revolution.
arms shipments to the Strip have been surging…: everything that has been sent by the Iranians and their emissaries in recent years and was hidden by the Bedouins…has flowed freely into Gaza in the past five months. Meanwhile, new shipments arrived and were transferred to Hamas and Islamic Jihad without delay or a need to hide them.